Herbert Girardet, Regenerative Adelaide, The Solutions Journal, Volume 3, Issue 5, September 2012, Pages 46-54 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/regenerative-adelaide/) Abstract: "If we do not take care in where we place our cities, how we grow our cities and how we live in our cities, then we will fail in our mission to protect biodiversity." Dr. Robert McDonald, The Nature Conservancy In 2003, South Australia premier Mike Rann invited me to be a “Thinker in Residence” in Adelaide, South Australia, to explore options for greening this city region of 1.2 million people. My working premise was that a vigorous move towards environmental sustainability could greatly stimulate South Australia’s economy. The rationale for this was quite simple: I argued that a city region that takes active measures to improve the efficient use of its resources should also be able to reduce its reliance on imported resources—it could re-localize parts of its energy and food economy and bring a very substantial part of it back home. During a nine-week period, my colleagues and I held innumerable seminars and events in which a wide cross-section of people were … Topics: Sustainability; Urbanization